Today is a great day for our Colorado Buffaloes abroad, as cyclist Sepp Kuss has just won Stage 15 of the Tour de France.
Kuss, originally from Durango, is the first American to win any stage of the Tour de France since 2011. He won the race from Ceret to Andorra, a 191.3 km trek through arduous mountain roads. His background cycling in Colorado clearly paid off as he tirelessly climbed for 5 hour and 12 minutes.
During his time at Colorado, Kuss was a multi-time mountain bike racing champion, as well as a road cycling champion in the Collegiate MTB competition. Cycling isn’t an NCAA sport, so the Buffs can’t officially claim the trophies he won, but they are worthy of celebration.
Kuss won today, but is outside the peloton of Tour de France contenders. That could change in the next stage, as Stage 16 is another mountain trek through the Pyrenes mountains to Saint-Gaudens.